Fall is the time to start getting your car ready for winter, and one of the most important things you can do is make sure your tires are in top shape. Good tires are vital in winter, when it’s most difficult to maintain traction. Here are some signs you need new tires—if you think you do, get them replaced before winter hits!
One sign that your tires are bad is bulging or cracking. Cracks and bulging are signs of air leaks or low tire pressure, so if you notice either of these, go to your dealership or mechanic and see if they need to be replaced or can be repaired. Tire pressure that gets low quickly even when you’ve recently filled them can indicate a leak as well.
You should also check your tire read for wear. You can use the penny test, where you stick a penny upside down into the tread and if you can see the top of Abe’s head your tread is too low. You can also check the wear bars if your tires have them—if you can feel the metal bar, your tires need replaced.
If you notice your car vibrating when you drive and it seems to be coming from under the seats, there may be a problem with your tires. It could also indicate bad shocks or unbalanced tires, though, so check with your mechanic to make sure.